In the thrilling gothic fantasy novel, What Big Teeth, Rose Szabo conjures up a deliciously creepy world where the young protagonist must not only confront monsters but also her family’s dark secrets. Rose Szabo joins Books on Tap Live to discuss their YA literary horror debut as well as the unique nature of speculative fiction in often allowing writers to reflect the world more accurately than is possible in a work of nonfiction.
In this dark paranormal fantasy Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. A horrifying incident, though, sends her fleeing her boarding school for the one place she thinks is safe. The home she left behind. Upon her return, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds. Eleanor finds herself grappling with the question of who she is and realizes she must reconcile who she is outside of her family while maintaining her place in it.
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Rose Szabo is a nonbinary writer from Richmond, VA, where they live with an assortment of people and animals and teach writing at VCU. They have an MA in English from the University of Maine and an MFA in creative writing from VCU. Their work has been published in See the Elephant and Quaint magazines. What Big Teeth is their first novel.
Find them around the web at roseszabo.com, and on Twitter: @Rose_Szabo_
Emma Kantor is deputy children’s book editor at Publishers Weekly, co-editor of the Children’s Bookshelf and School & Library Spotlight newsletters, and host of PW KidsCast, a podcast featuring interviews with authors and illustrators.
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